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Features Health & Wellness Appalachian Community Services gets grant for trauma focused therapy

Appalachian Community Services announces that it has received a $15,606 grant from the Evergreen Foundation. The award will be used to support five clinicians in completing a year-long Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy training and mentoring program.

“We are excited these clinicians will have the opportunity to complete the TF-CBT program and appreciate the support of the Evergreen Foundation, KIDS Place and other local agencies in helping to bring this training to Western North Carolina,” said Doug Trantham, Clinical Director. “This is a highly effective mental health intervention that addresses the behavioral and emotional needs of children and adolescents following traumatic life events.”

The goal of TF-CBT is to provide children and guardians with the skills to process the trauma and manage the resulting thoughts and feelings. It is an office-based short-term treatment that involves individual sessions for the child and guardian, as well as joint sessions.

The training is provided by the North Carolina Child Treatment Program, Duke Evidence-Based Practice Implementation Center, the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress, the Center for Child and Family Health, and the UNC School of Medicine.

“We appreciate the Evergreen Foundation’s commitment to ensuring our region has adequate services for Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Developmental Disability Services,” said Duncan Sumpter, CEO of Appalachian Community Services. “The funding for TF-CBT training will ensure that victims of trauma and abuse will have access to professional services in their communities.”

Appalachian Community Services provides Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Intellectual/Developmental Disability services and has offices in the Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain counties. To find out more about the Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy program or in accessing a trained clinician, call (866) 464-9115, ext. 1226.


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